Too many times we know better and allow ourselves to be sucked into lies. We know the Word. We know the truth and let the slick words of the world persuade us otherwise. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 5:7 — 10 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgement , whosoever he be.
In this passage, Apostle Paul is saying to the Galatians, “You were doing such a good job following after the Word. Who made you stop? What caused you to change your mind about what you KNEW to be right?”. This same problem is prevalent today. As believers, we KNOW the Bible tells us to respect the marriage bed by saving s*x for marriage. We KNOW that the Bible also says not have s*x with anyone who is not your married spouse. Why then do we look around and see that our fellow Christians have allowed themselves to be convinced that “This is simply how it’s done now. There’s no need to even get married. Living together is okay.” The same goes for the even hotter issue of homosexuality. Believers KNOW that the Bible explicitly speaks against homosexuality and that it is a sin. However, many have allowed scientists to get to them by saying, “Some people are just born that way. No one chooses to be homosexual.”
So what is a Christian to do? In the words of Paul, know that, “this persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you.” We must know the voice of our Heavenly Father, and this equates to studying God’s Word for ourselves. Then, it’s not just enough to know God’s voice — what He would and would not have us to do — we must follow it. It is very important that we guard what we allow into our spirits. This does not mean to be blissfully dumb. It does not mean that we should not be aware of the other ideas of this world. It does mean that we should spend more time filling up on the Word than filling our heads with pop culture, because “A little leaven leaventh the whole lump [of bread].” What you ingest — no matter how little — will affect you.
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